Men have a harder time fighting the water works in distressing work situations, according to a new study.
The report from Adobe found that 25 percent of surveyed men and 18 percent of surveyed women have cried following a progress review at work.
The study, which surveyed 1,500 employees, also found that the majority of U.S. office workers think annual performance reviews should be left in the past as they are time-consuming, stress-inducing and often lead to over-the-top reactions like crying or quitting.
One third of millennials confessed to crying following a performance review, while about half of men and nearly a third of women claimed they’d looked for work elsewhere following said reviews.
It was also revealed that 80 percent of office workers would rather get feedback in the moment than in the form of a progress review after an extended period of time. About half of those surveyed believed a company that had eliminated traditional progress reviews were more likely to be flexible.
“The findings from this survey show how time consuming, cumbersome, and demotivating performance reviews are for many employees,” said Donna Morris, executive vice president of Customer & Employee Experience at Adobe.
The study’s findings came from an online survey of U.S. workers, all of whom had undergone at least one performance review.